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Well, it’s still unclear whether chicken eggs or chickens came first (the intended question in the original riddle), said Darla Zelenitsky, a paleontologist of the University of Calgary in Alberta who was the first scientist to closely analyze the dinosaur nest.

But interpreted literally, the answer to the riddle is clear. Dinosaurs were forming bird-like nests and laying bird-like eggs long before birds (including chickens) evolved from dinosaurs.

"The egg came before the chicken," Zelenitsky said. "Chickens evolved well after the meat-eating dinosaurs that laid these eggs."

So the original riddle might now be rephrased: Which came first, the dinosaur or the egg? Meanwhile, the new nest provides some of the strongest evidence in North America in favor of the bird-like egg over the chicken.

Supporting Evidence: Which Came First? Eggs Before Chickens, Scientists Now Say (www.livescience.com)
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Would that be "Nobody's Rules of Disorder"? lol

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We could be much more formal... Robert's Rules of Order formal, if necessary. But where's the web 2.0 fun in that?

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It's always great to chat with the wondrous minds behind the scenes. I appreciate very much that you want to hear from us. So... when does CD stop being "beta" and you update the logo?

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I totally agree! That's what made me make this debate... the whole big deal about what type of dog the Obamas will get. How ridiculous to waste precious public face-time talking about household pets when our country's gone to heck!

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Actually the revolutionary fathers of America were progressive--even liberal--for their era. Both English and French governments found American philosophers repugnant due to their extreme forward-thinking.

I agree that one interpretation of the values of our founders is embedded in the intent of the Republican party, but do they embody those ideals or merely chant them?

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Good point! But aren't all solar-powered objects 50% less effective than they would be if they were also lunar powered? Hrm.....

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Unlikely. It goes in the glove compartment for storage. When you use it, you set it on the dash and plug it into the lighter outlet--according to the instructions that accompany it.

Maybe it's lunar powered not solar powered?

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Indeed. Metaphors and similes often are.

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My car has a solar battery recharger. I'm trying to figure out when someone would use it. Most likely leaving the lights on drained the battery--which means it must be night. So how does the solar recharger work? I never quite figured that one out.

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You make a good point, Sparsely. Between the two major parties, however, do you agree or disagree with this humorous yet popular simile?

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Since no one has argued this side...

If the only reason you're wearing a fur coat is to brag that you have the dough to obtain some endangered creature's hide, then it is morally wrong.

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I didn't realize they'd gotten rid of velcro shoes! I mean, I've got some cute Sketchers wtih velcro and a pair of boots and... I think we'll never be free of velcro.

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Although clarity is an ideal of communication of which I'm personally and professionally fond, language and those who use languages do not consciously take this into consideration. Linguists theorize that language develops from isolated dialects. Isolation does not have to be physical or geographical. There are some groups who find that, due to their political isolation, it is better to be ambiguous than precise. For example, there is a dialect of Irish that combines English and Irish and was used to confuse the British authorities. (I can't recall the name of the dialect off-hand.) The dialect had it's own very creative rules that prevented non-indoctrinated listeners from comprehending.

My main point is that sometimes, the words we use are not as important as the context.

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I can't say I "hate" it, but I'm not used to it yet. I'm highly adaptable, but my initial response was "WTF happened?!" Give it a few days and it'll sink in.

I do LOVE that you guys aren't afraid to try new things. Keep up the awesome work! :)

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In every life we have some trouble

When you worry you make it double

Don't worry, be happy...

dont worry be happy now

dont worry be happy

dont worry be happy

cos when you worry, your face will frown,

and that will bring everybody down,

so don't worry, be happy!

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A religion is a system of beliefs and behaviors. Each religion began in a different way, but always with someone laying out those behaviors and specifying those beliefs at some point. That is exactly the foundation of the Jedi system. However, due to it's lack of a blatantly spiritual nature, some would say it is more like Buddhism and less like Western religions. Others argue that it is based on an obviously false premise ("the Force"); this is no more or less valuable than an omniscient/omnipotent deity instilling an unprovable soul into humans.

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Many people and cultures survive on varying levels of vegetarianism. Some for environmental or economic reasons, some for religious or belief reasons.

The human body can obtain all the nutrients necessary to survive from a variety of sources. It is by far more important to eat a diet with various fruits, vegetables, and grains than the opposite. In fact, there are serious health issues for those who eat mostly meat and too little other items.

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If you believe the Bible, then God placed Mankind in charge of all of this world. It was given to humanity to maintain. People were charged with taking care of it and all that is within it. However, God knows human fallibility and tossed humans out of the perfect Garden of Eden. God does not expect people to be perfect nor keep this world a perfect garden. The choice people face is to attempt to restore the world to the perfect balance or continue to move further away from that ideal.

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Palin thinks Africa is a country. Some leader she'd make!

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Bugger the typo daemon, he caused my O key to hiccup!

Or is that hiccough?

Damn this English language!

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Is that a debate? Sounds more like a cheer. ;)

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As mentioned in the debate link below, until we can cure homicidal, antisocial, rapists and murderers, all we can do is protect society by removing these individuals.

Supporting Evidence: Do You Agree With Capital Punishment debate (www.createdebate.com)
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As mentioned in the debate link below, until we can cure homicidal, antisocial, rapists and murderers, all we can do is protect society by removing these individuals.

Supporting Evidence: Do You Agree With Capital Punishment debate (www.createdebate.com)

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